Education Department

Vision Statement

Strong Nedut’en Language and Traditional teachings will strengthen and enhance the lives of Lake Babine Nation learners.

Mission Statement

We, as the Education team, will utilize all necessary resources to plan and implement Nedut’en Language and Cultural programs for all Lake Babine Nation learners.

As a progressive Lake Babine Nation (LBN) guided by Chief and Council and supported by the General Manager, we will continue to advocate for our collective rights to ensure that all Nation Members achieve the best quality education.

NEDUT’EN PEOPLE (LAKE BABINE NATION) Educational Chronological History

  • 1500s – 1600s – The Nedut’en people utilized traditional methods of inter-tribal wars and killings to maintain order within villages situated on the shores and inlands of the Neduten territories.
  • 1500s – 1600s – The Nedut’en people practiced traditional spirituality and re-enforcements of social order and peace through natural laws, traditional laws, customary laws, and common laws backed with strong beliefs.
  • 1930-1976 – Some LBN Members were taken to Lejac Indian Residential School.
  • 1940s – A school was operated by the Department of Indian Affairs at Fort Babine-Mr. and Mrs. Bower were the teachers.
  • 1940s – Mentally challenged LBN members were sent to Essingdale Centre.
  • 1940 -50 – Old Fort Members were moved to Pendleton Bay.
  • 1950s – Some Members started to attend Prince George College.
  • 1950 – Indian Day school was built in Fort Babine.
  • 1950s – Some LBN Members attended day school in Pendleton Bay.
  • 1950s – Immaculata School was built in Burns Lake, BC.
  • 1950s – Some Members lived in Rose Lake and Perow.
  • 1957 – Woyenne Reserve purchased from the Burns Lake Band.
  • 1957 – Amalgamation of the Lake Babine Nations; Fort Babine, Old Fort, Tachet, Donald’s Landing, Woyenne.
  • 1960s – LBN’s first High School graduate.
  • 1960s – Some LBN Members started attending Public Schools.
  • 1968 – Tachet gets electricity.
  • 1970s – LBN founded Preschool on Woyenne IR #27.
  • 1983 – Fort Babine gets electricity.
  • 1986 – Immaculata School was shut down.
  • 1990 – LBN’s First School Teacher – Mrs. Youlanda Spenst.
  • 1995 – LBN Ted Williams Memorial Learning Centre (TWMLC) and Daycare open.
  • 1999 – LBN’s first Lawyer – Prima Michell.
  • 1999 – Local Education Agreement signed between LBN and School District #91.
  • 1999 – 2000 – LBN’s K5 Opens on Woyenne IR #27.
  • 1999 – New School in Fort Babine opens.
  • July 2000 – Original School in Fort Babine burns down.
  • 1995-2007 – Full education services for Fort Babine, Tachet, and Woyenne.
  • 2005-2007 – K’ay Skak Higher Learning School opens on Woyenne IR #27.
  • 2005-2007 – Tachet Primary School opens.
  • 2008 – Developmental Standards Term Certificate (DSTC) Protocol Agreement signing: February 7.
  • 2009-2010 – DSTC students receive their Certificate of First Nations Studies in Language from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).
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